Vicki's suspicions take her to Devil's Corner, a city neighborhood teetering on the brink of ruin; thick with broken souls, innocent youth, and a scourge that preys on both. But the deeper Vicki probes, the more she becomes convinced that the murders weren't random and the killers were more ruthless than she thought.
When another murder thrusts Vicki together with an unlikely ally, she buckles up for a wild ride down a dangerous street, and into the cross-hairs of a conspiracy as powerful as it is relentless.
©2005 Lisa Scottoline; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Entertaining and exciting." (Booklist)
"Scottoline's ability to mix humor with serious subject matter, combined with her intense research of inner city drug trafficking and a side plot involving Vicki's love life, make for compelling entertainment." (Publishers Weekly)
I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.
Good story with insight into society and the interaction of races. The reader gave the two main characters narrative voices that detracted from the characters.
Scottoline's returned to her roots -- to the crisp, snappy stuff she started off, and lured me in, with. If you've been turned off lately by the Rosato & Associates saga, which was getting to sound like a bad mix of soap opera and "Cagney & Lacey," come back for this one. Bennie and the Airheads don't show up at all.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
Scottoline is a master of the "humorous self realization" but cuts them back to write a gritty story of her old neighborhood which has gone from bad to pure urban blight. It is thrilling, touching, but much more serious than some of her other books which are practically light hearted with humor. There is budding romance for those who like that. The writer / narrator is always engaging to TRUE Scottoline fans. (Those who don't hate Rosenblatt's "performance" style or the few mouth noises not edited out). (People can be so prissy about such things.) This is Scottoline at her most serious and she is still fun and very entertaining.
This author is always fun to read. She will never tax your brain with anything serious and you can count on a happy ending. This one is more complicated than most of her story lines, but I promise you that you will not have to dig into your grey matter for extra help. It's fun and fast-paced. Don't think too hard while you listen to it and don't get analytical (this author's characters do a lot of illogical stuff, so leave your critical faculties elsewhere when you read her stuff) and you'll enjoy it more!
I agree with many of the other reviews; the story line was interesting, but the narrator messed it up badly. Long, mistimed pauses, constant sucking on a cough drop (nauseating), strange voices for the different characters, and worst of all, she made the heroine sound like an idiot. I will not waste another book credit on a book narrated by Rosenblatt; she just detracts too much from the story.
I have enjoyed earlier Scottoline books, but less and less with each subsequent one and I think it's because they all start sounding alike. And Barbara Rosenblatt is a fine reader, BUT it sounds like she is sucking on a Life Saver between sentences . . . very annoying and distracting.
Sadly, no. The story is fun, but the narrator is so distracting, the story gets lost.
The narrator was awful. Long pauses in inappropriate places, almost like she lost her place and just picked up with no clue of what she'd just read.
Her rendition of African-Americans was incredibly racist--kind of like Al Jolson's black face in verbal form. More like caricatures than real people. Awful accents and the voices--ugh! Almost painful to listen to. I found myself mentally checking out, but then losing the thread of the story and having to rewind and suffer through.
Also--is she eating? The mouth sounds are distracting as well.
It would be fun to have more Victoria Allegretti stories. Just with a different narrator.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
Vicki is at the row home of a CI, confidential informant, but finds out soon enough, that the problem isn't as easy as she had been told. She had come to the row home to be given information on a minor crime, when Vicki finds herself being shot at.
Vicki, a prosecutor, has found out, after this incident, that something else is wrong. She does some sleuthing on her own and finds herself wanting to know more about the serious drug problem that is affecting a nearby neighborhood.
Vicki has been told that she is not to become involved but she doesn't listen too well. She becomes involved with a woman who is definitely not someone Vicki would see as a good match for her. However, as times goes by, they become two women on a mission. Once they got started, there was no one who was going to get in their way. They will find an answer.
The story does hold your interest. I thought the book could have been shorter in listening time. The narrator, Barbara Rosenblat did a good job. Drugs and what drugs do to those who sell them, deliver them and use them is written well. I would read another book by the author, Lisa Scottoline.
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